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Round Box

10th century

Stoneware with green glaze (Yue ware)

1 5/16 × 3 1/4 in. (3.4 × 8.3 cm)
Wayland Wells Williams, B.A. 1910, Collection, Gift of Mrs. Frances Wayland Williams
1948.47
Ceramics with green, gray-green, and blue-green glazes are often classified as “celadons” in Western writings. Traditionally, the term has been understood as a reference to a character in an eighteenth-century French play; however, it may have been derived from a corruption of the name Saladin, the founder of the short-lived Ayyubid dynasty in Egypt, who sent forty green-glazed ceramic pieces to a Syrian ruler in the twelfth century. The gray-green glaze on this box is characteristic of Yue wares produced in Zhejiang Province from the ninth to the eleventh century for use at court and for domestic consumption.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Five Dynasties period (907–60 C.E.)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Wayland Wells Williams (1888–1945) Collection, New Haven, Conn.; Frances Wayland Williams; gift in 1948 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

David Ake Sensabaugh, The Scholar as Collector: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2004), 19, 43, no. 19.

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